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LATEST: Gaza sees more protests and violence on Nakba Day, after 62 killed

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LATEST: Gaza sees more protests and violence on Nakba Day, after 62 killed

Tuesday marks the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba - or catastrophe - and the culmination of the Great March of Return protests along the Gaza Strip's frontier with Israel.

  • Mass protests are expected on Tuesday in besieged Gaza and the occupied West Bank.
  • Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians on Monday in protests near the Gaza "security fence", including an eight-month-old baby.
  • The US officially moved its embassy to Jerusalem on Monday, which also marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel. 

We'll be keeping you updated here throughout the day.

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What is the Nakba?
1 year ago
12 May 1948 Members of Haganah, the Jewish military force, expel Palestinians from Haifa (AFP)

On Tuesday, Palestinians mark the Nakba (or "catastrophe"), when thousands were driven from their homes or else fled amid the conflict which followed the creation of the state of Israel.

This year is more auspicious than most, given it is now 70 years since the events of 1948, which fuelled many of the protests and marches across Palestine on Monday.

If you need a brief introduction on what happened then this interactive is a good place to start.

SUMMARY: Death toll reaches 62, amid widespread protests
1 year ago

Good evening, 

Areeb here from the MEE office in London. Following continued diplomatic tensions, and protests across the West Bank, and Gaza, questions continue to mount over the prospect of a UN investigation into the deaths of 62 people killed inside the Gaza Strip. Monday also marked the bloodiest day in Gaza since 2014. 

Here are a few updates you need to know about the last two days:

  • 62 people killed over the course of the previous two days by Israel in Gaza; among the dead was an eight-month-old baby. 
  • 3,188 Palestinians injured from Israeli tear gas, rubber-tipped bullets, and live fire, according to the Gaza health ministry.  
  • America defended its decision to open an embassy in Jerusalem, and blamed Iran for "instability in the Middle East."
  • Israel expelled the Turkish envoy while Ankara kicked out the Israeli ambassador to Turkey over deaths in Gaza. 
  • Britain repeated called for a UN investigation into the Gaza deaths. 

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